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The Alliance’s blog offers a personal, inside look at our activities and perspectives on a range of timely issues. We encourage your feedback.

And Naked Came the Mole Rat

Author: Dan Perry

Date: October 13th, 2011

Here at the Alliance for Aging Research we are huge fans of the African naked mole rat. Now, why would anyone love a 4-inch squinty-eyed hairless wrinkled rodent with buck teeth?


Sargent Shriver's Gift

Author: Dan Perry

Date: January 20th, 2011

Twenty-five years ago a young lawyer fresh out of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government came to a fledgling group called the Aging Research Policy Council volunteering free legal services. But first he needed support for pro bono work from his firm’s senior partner, Sargent Shriver.


A Doctor Who Prefers 'The Dark Side'

Author: Dan Perry

Date: October 21st, 2010

It seems Dr. Carl Elliott has let his instincts as a provocateur get the better of his perspective as a physician and healer. Promoting his book "White Coat, Black Hat: Adventures on the Dark Side of Medicine,” Dr. Elliott, a frequent contributor to The New Yorker and Atlantic Monthly, finds it deplorable that physicians who use drugs to relieve human misery have any actual contact with companies that research, develop and sell those medicines.


A Long Time Coming

Author: Dan Perry

Date: October 6th, 2009

When I learned this week that Dr. Carol Greider will receive the 2009 Nobel Prize for Medicine I was happy for her and for the recognition this brings to science in pursuit of answers for human aging. But it is also disquieting to know how long it has taken for her contributions on the role of telomeres in cancer and aging to achieve the pinnacle of scientific recognition.


Podcast Series on Personalized Medicine

Author: Guest Contributor

Date: April 9th, 2008

According to the a recent Washington Post article, more than 20 companies today offer personalized genomics tests that promise to help you determine what diseases you may get and gain insight into your personality and behavior.


A Tribute to a Great Scientist

Author: Dan Perry

Date: March 11th, 2008

Not so very long ago, a medical researcher who chose to study aging was in some danger of committing career suicide. Gerontology was often associated with a dreary listing of physical and mental declines associated with old age.


Dr. Robert N. Butler, 1927-2010

Author: Dan Perry

Date: July 7th, 2010

The sudden and unexplained death of a beloved grandfather set Robert Neil Butler on the road to be a pioneer in the science and medicine of health and aging.


Forget the Finger Wagging: It's Aging, Stupid

Author: Dan Perry

Date: November 17th, 2011

It was reported on the NBC Today Show that type 2 diabetes is on the rise worldwide – the number of adults suffering from the disease has doubled since 1980, and will double again by 2030. Why the uptick? Anchor Natalie Morales attributed the increase to “weight gain and a sedentary lifestyle.” There’s only one problem: It’s not true.


An Early Salvo

Author: Dan Perry

Date: July 14th, 2010

When world class scientists and physicians call for a global project to modify human aging, it is time for policymakers in Washington and elsewhere to take notice.


Meet Healthspan Expert Steven N. Austad

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: November 13th, 2015

Steven N. Austad, Ph.D., is an aging research expert who shares his world travels, his work in the lab, and his participation in this month’s National Geographic Channel special on aging. Oh, and his experiences training lions in Hollywood.


NPR's Scott Simon on Why Older Adults Have a 'Genius for Life'

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: November 5th, 2015

Scott Simon, an award-winning journalist for National Public Radio, was the recipient of the Alliance’s Indispensable Person of the Year Award in recognition of his 2015 book Unforgettable: A Son, a Mother, and the Lessons of a Lifetime.


Meet Our 2015 Annual Dinner Award Winners

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: September 28th, 2015

We recognize four people who have made extraordinary contributions to advancing healthy aging in national policy, science, and literature.


Get Up to Date with These Newsletters

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: September 1st, 2015

We wanted to share an easy way to keep up to date on what's going on at the Alliance: our newsletters.


Elie Metchnikoff: Gerontology Pioneer

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: May 15th, 2015

Today we recognize the 170th anniversary of Elie Metchnikoff, who is considered to be the founder of gerontology. 


May Is Older Americans Month

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: May 13th, 2015

In 1963, Older Americans Month was established to annually recognize older Americans for their contributions to the nation. More than 50 years later, this tradition continues each May.


New Video on the History of the Alliance

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: March 20th, 2015

The Alliance for Aging Research has just released a new video chronicling the first three decades of our organization.


A Bleak Future for American Medical Research...Unless We Act Now

Author: Dan Perry

Date: March 16th, 2015

Alliance Founder Dan Perry on the current state of medical research in the U.S.


Healthspan Explained in Four Points and Six Minutes

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: January 15th, 2015

Here is a series of short videos that communicates why we believe the extension of healthspan is such an important priority.


New Video on Life of Claude Pepper

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: January 7th, 2015

Our friends at the Claude Pepper Foundation have put together this moving tribute about the life of this great man. We invite you to take a few minutes to watch his story.


Considering an End of Year Gift? Consider the Alliance!

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: December 22nd, 2014

Since you have come to this blog post, we thought we'd share why we believe you may want to consider supporting us with an end of year gift.


Geroscience and the Links Between Aging and Chronic Disease

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: December 10th, 2014

The journal Cell recently published an article titled “Geroscience: Linking Aging to Chronic Disease.” It was authored by some of the leading lights in the field of geroscience.


#GivingTuesday Is Today; Consider Giving to the Alliance

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: December 2nd, 2014

Today is #GivingTuesday.


2014 Annual Bipartisan Congressional Awards Dinner a Great Success

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: October 3rd, 2014

Last Tuesday evening, September 30, we held our 21st Annual Bipartisan Congressional Awards Dinner at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel in Washington, D.C.


Meet This Year’s Congressional Dinner Honorees

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: September 25th, 2014

One of the big highlights of our Annual Bipartisan Congressional Awards Dinner is the distinguished individuals we honor for their contributions to advancing the science of human aging.


Alliance Celebrates 21st Annual Dinner

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: September 11th, 2014

Type: Blog

It’s that time again for our Annual Bipartisan Congressional Awards Dinner.


Rally for Medical Research Is September 18

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: September 3rd, 2014

We wanted to share news about an important event taking place on Capitol Hill on September 18, 2014.


Alliance Public Policy VP Cynthia Bens on Aging and Chronic Disease

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: June 23rd, 2014

Our Vice President of Public Policy Cynthia Bens was recently asked: As Americans live longer, how can we tackle aging as a major risk factor for chronic disease?


CER for More Patient-Centered Care

Author: Cynthia Bens

Date: May 23rd, 2014

Type: Blog

There is increasing emphasis on shaping a system that makes optimal patient outcomes a priority. The Alliance has been paying close attention to Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute’s (PCORI) initial work to provide information on which treatments and technologies deliver the best results. 


Turning a Blind Eye on Patients

Author: Cynthia Bens

Date: May 22nd, 2014

Type: Blog

Alliance Vice President of Public Policy Cynthia Bens discusses AMD and older adults. 


Scientists Boosting Device Reliability by Decreasing Consumption

Author: Guest Contributor

Date: March 14th, 2012

Ask a patient with an implantable medical device what they hope to get out of their device, and they’ll likely say reliability, small size and longevity. Unfortunately, according to a report by the Community Report Development Information Service (CORDIS) of the European Commission, implantable medical devices face a fundamental flaw; the more complex they become, the more power they consume, and the more prone they are to failure. 


A Grand Challenge in Need of a Grand Solution

Author: Cynthia Bens

Date: January 26th, 2012

The President announced plans late last year to create a National Bioeconomy Blueprint. This Blueprint would detail government-wide steps “to harness biological research innovations to address national challenges in health, food, energy, and the environment.” The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy recently solicited comments to inform the Blueprint.


Breakthroughs in Understanding Diseases of Aging Earn Top Honors

Author: Guest Contributor

Date: December 14th, 2011

This November, the Cleveland Clinic Foundation (CCF) released its “Top Ten Medical Innovations” list for 2011, and five of those top ten show great promise for diseases of aging,


Rest in Peace, Dr. T. Franklin Williams

Author: Dan Perry

Date: November 29th, 2011

Those who care about increasing the good years of life through medical advances have lost another champion with the passing of Dr. T. Franklin Williams.


Age Reversal In Human Cells Points Way to Treatments

Author: Dan Perry

Date: November 15th, 2011

A story from the Agence France-Press wire service documents the strides being taken toward greater understanding of the aging process. The AFP highlighted a new technique out of France by which “cells from elderly donors can be rejuvenated as stem cells, erasing the ravages of age and showing that aging is reversible.”


One More Step to Reasoned Understanding of Stem-Cell Research

Author: Dan Perry

Date: October 7th, 2011

Scientists at the New York Stem Cell Foundation Laboratory have done what scientists do best: they have narrowed the question. By creating cells capable of growing into any cell type in the human body, research is moving us beyond fear mongering over cloning technologies to study these cells as potential weapons against Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, diabetes and other medical maladies.


"Rescuing Cognition": CA vs. Alzheimer's Disease ~ By Don Reed

Author: Dan Perry

Date: February 2nd, 2011

This is one of the best articles on Alzheimer's I’ve seen to date. It is written by Don C. Reed, a stem cell activist in California, on the promise of current research, and on embryonic stem cells; bringing attention to a subject that is often forgotten and underfunded.

 


Gearing Up for the Silver Tsunami

Author: Guest Contributor

Date: December 5th, 2008

As the Silver Tsunami approaches, more and more families will be faced with the choice of staying at home and caring for their loved one or finding outside assistance. The uBOT-5 from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst may be available to help.


Professor Rich Miller on Delaying Aging

Author: Dan Perry

Date: August 14th, 2008

University of Michigan’s Rich Miller has a telling eye for the symmetry and beauty of the natural world. Spend time appreciating his nature photography – which he brings back from the Galapagos Islands, Kenya, Patagonia and the Antarctic – and you will be entranced and enriched.


Well-Being Index -- The Dow Jones of Health

Author: Lindsay Clarke

Date: May 2nd, 2008

Earlier this week, Gallup and Healthways released the first data from their collaborative Well-Being Index—a Dow Jones type measure of the daily health and well-being of American adults. Polling 1,000 Americans every day for the next 25 years, the Index will be the largest data collection ever assembled on the health and well-being of large populations.

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Is Diabetes Threatening our Economy

Author: Lindsay Clarke

Date: April 14th, 2008

A recent report from the American Diabetes Association confirmed that in addition to being a major public health threat, the increasing cost of diabetes is threatening the health of our economy.


A Memorable Evening at the Alliance Annual Dinner

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: October 2nd, 2015

On the evening of Tuesday, September 29, the Alliance held the 22nd Annual Bipartisan Congressional Awards Dinner in Washington, D.C.


Cynthia Bens Comments from MDUFA and PDUFA Meetings

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: July 16th, 2015

Alliance Vice President of Public Policy Cynthia Bens took part in two important meetings at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration this week.


Dr. Rudolph Tanzi to Be Honored as Alliance's 2015 Silver Innovator Award Winner

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: April 7th, 2015

Rudolph Tanzi, Ph.D., has been announced as the Alliance's 2015 Silver Innovator Award winner.


We Are More Alike Than We Realize

Author: Susan Peschin

Date: January 22nd, 2015

Alliance President and CEO Sue Peschin gives comments on precision medicine, MHS.


Letter to President Obama: More Funding Needed for Aging Research at NIH

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: October 30th, 2014

The Friends of the National Institute on Aging has sent a letter to President Obama requesting an increase of $500 million to support biomedical, behavioral and social sciences aging research efforts at the National Institutes of Health for fiscal year 2016.


Linda Fried and Dan Perry Explore Aging in Society at Town Hall Interview

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: October 24th, 2014

Dr. Linda P. Fried and Alliance Founder Dan Perry participated in a town hall event on October 22 before a packed room at Columbia University in New York City. 


What Is the Silver Tsunami?

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: August 21st, 2014

The Silver Tsunami. It's a term we often hear in the news. But what is it actually?


Capitol Hill Briefings Lend Insights into Aging Research at the NIA

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: June 9th, 2014

The Friends of the NIA, a coalition led by the Alliance for Aging Research, hosted two briefings on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on the National Institute on Aging and its aging research efforts.


NIH Geroscience Conference Recommendations and Summaries Now Available

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: May 15th, 2014

The NIH anounced it has released recommendations and summaries from the Advances in Geroscience: Impact on Healthspan and Chronic Disease summit.


The Alliance's Cynthia Bens Interviews with A Place for Mom

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: September 12th, 2013

Our Vice President of Public Policy Cynthia Bens interviewed with A Place for Mom about the work of the Alliance.


David Stipp and the Transformative Promise of Aging Science

Author: Lindsay Clarke

Date: September 26th, 2012

David Stipp is a prominent science writer who has focused on medicine, science, and aging for decades for publications like The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Slate, Science, and more. The Alliance for Aging Research was very fortunate to have Stipp author a whitepaper--The Transformative Promise of Aging Science--to help launch our Healthspan Campaign earlier this year.


2012 MetLife Foundation Silver Scholar Award Goes to Dr. Linda Fried

Author: Lindsay Clarke

Date: June 25th, 2012

We are very excited at the Alliance for Aging Research to announce that Linda Fried, MD, MPH, Dean of Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, is the recipient of this year’s MetLife Foundation Silver Scholar Award. Dr. Fried is a well-respected and well-known scholar and was selected in honor of her innovative work contributing pragmatic solutions to address the rising cost of health care associated with the aging of our nation, preventive strategies aimed at keeping aging populations healthier longer, and thought leadership on the positive contributions that greater longevity brings to society.


Taking a Closer Look at Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Author: Lindsay Clarke

Date: December 13th, 2011

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of irreversible vision loss in people over the age of 65. Until relatively recently, people diagnosed with AMD faced an almost certain road of progressively worsening vision. For many, that road led to legal blindness. Thanks to new drugs, much of the vision loss from wet AMD can now be prevented—or at least slowed. In many cases, it can even be reversed.


100 over 100

Author: Lindsay Clarke

Date: December 1st, 2011

The Archon Genomics X Prize Presented by medco® offers $10 million to the first team of researchers that can quickly and affordably sequence 100 genomes—of people at least 100 years old that is!


Cold Weather Linked to Boost in Heart Attack Risk

Author: Kaitlin Reinert

Date: January 4th, 2012

A study published online in the British Medical Journal reported each 1.8 degree Fahrenheit reduction in average daily temperature was associated with a cumulative 2% increase in risk of heart attack over a 28-day period, with the highest risk reported within two weeks of exposure to cold weather.


We Are Looking for a Communications Intern

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: January 19th, 2016

The Alliance is looking for a talented and passionate Communications intern.


In Memory of James E. Birren, Ph.D.

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: January 25th, 2016

The Alliance recognizes the enduring legacy of James E. Birren, Ph.D., who passed away at age 97 this month.


Alliance Founder Dan Perry Talks All Things Aging to Wednesday Morning Group

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: February 3rd, 2016

Alliance Founder Dan Perry talks aging research with the Wednesday Morning Group.


NIA's Dr. Felipe Sierra on This Month's Geroscience Summit in NYC

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: April 6th, 2016

The National Institute on Aging's Dr. Felipe Sierra talks about this month's Disease Drivers of Aging: 2016 Advances in Geroscience Summit in New York City.


An Update on the 2016 Advances in Geroscience Science Summit

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: April 15th, 2016

Learn more about the Disease Drivers in Aging: 2016 Advances in Geroscience Summit that was held in New York City on April 13 and 14.


Alliance's Peschin and Perry Featured in Palo Alto Longevity Prize Video

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: April 25th, 2016

Alliance President and CEO Susan Peschin, MHS, and Founder Dan Perry talk about healthspan, the Alliance's mission, and the Palo Alto Longevity Prize in this new video.


30 Memorable Events from 1986

Author: Sarah DiGiovine

Date: April 26th, 2016

Do you remember these 30 events from 30 years ago?


Today We Turn 30

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: April 11th, 2016

Today, the Alliance celebrates its 30th birthday.


Advancing Science for Longer, Healthier Lives

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: April 1st, 2016

Why do we advocate for medical research? Our first entry in the Who We Are blog series offers insights. 


Carstensen, Cassidy to Be Honored at 2016 Alliance Dinner

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: March 24th, 2016

The Alliance has named Laura L. Carstensen, Ph.D., as its 2016 Silver Innovator Award winner and Sen. Bill Cassidy, M.D., from Louisiana as its 2016 Distinguished Public Service Award winner.


Celebrating 30 Years over 30 Weeks

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: March 10th, 2016

We kick off a 30-week campaign to celebrate the Alliance's 30 years of advancing science and enhancing lives.


May Events for Older Americans Month

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: May 4th, 2016

During Older Americans Month, here are some events to keep you informed on research and health topics of interest to older adults. 


We're Hiring a Communications Associate

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: May 2nd, 2016

The Alliance is hiring a communications associate. Check out all the details.


We Bring People and Organizations Together to Advance Science

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: May 13th, 2016

A major way the Alliance advances science is through building coalitions of diverse organizations and individuals to bring visibility and support to health research, with the ultimate goal of improving the healthy length and quality of life for everyone. Learn more. 


A Look Back at Alliance Dinner Speeches Past

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: May 5th, 2016

Welcome to the next edition of the Artifacts Collection. For this edition, we take a step back into our digital archives to show you the speeches of two of our previous Annual Dinner honorees: Dr. Rudy Tanzi and Jeremy Bloom.


A Look Back at Alliance Dinner Speeches Past, Part III

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: June 22nd, 2016

Welcome to the next edition of the Artifacts Collection. For this edition, we share the speeches of two more of our previous Annual Dinner honorees: J. Craig Venter, Ph.D., and the Hon. Allyson Y. Schwartz.


Celebrating Centenarians and Studying Longevity

Author: Breanna Bishop

Date: July 8th, 2016

This week a couple of interesting news stories focused on the lives of two centenarians caught our attention. While we look at the accomplishments of our featured centenarians, we also delve more into why some people live longer.


Artifacts Collection: Alliance Images from the 1980s

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: July 15th, 2016

Welcome to the next entry in the Artifacts Collection as we share some images from the 1980s.


The History of the Alliance for Aging Research, Part I

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: July 20th, 2016

Learn more about the story of the Alliance for Aging Research in this four-part series, narrated by our founder, Dan Perry. Part I explores the inspiration behind our creation in 1986.


A Look Back at Alliance Dinner Speeches Past, Part II

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: May 25th, 2016

Welcome to the next edition of the Artifacts Collection. For this edition, we take another step back into our digital archives to show you the speeches of two more of our previous Annual Dinner honorees: Scott Simon and Mitchell E. Daniels Jr.


Welcome to the Artifacts Collection

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: April 7th, 2016

Welcome to Part 1 of the Artifacts Collection, where we display items we've unearthed from our past 30 years of history.


The History of the Alliance for Aging Research, Part II

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: July 27th, 2016

Learn more about the story of the Alliance for Aging Research in this four-part series, narrated by our founder, Dan Perry. Part II explores the beginning of the organization.


The History of the Alliance for Aging Research, Part III

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: August 3rd, 2016

Learn more about the story of the Alliance for Aging Research in this four-part series, narrated by our founder, Dan Perry. Part III chronicles the Alliance's first steps in making an impact as an organization.


The History of the Alliance for Aging Research, Part IV

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: August 9th, 2016

Learn more about the story of the Alliance for Aging Research in this four-part series, narrated by our founder, Dan Perry. Part IV chronicles the Alliance's activities from the mid-1990s to present day.


A Look at Past Alliance Highlight Videos

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: August 16th, 2016

Welcome to the next edition of the Artifacts Collection. For this edition, check out our annual highlight videos from years past.


We Are Hiring a Health Programs Coordinator

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: August 23rd, 2016

Do you have a passion for issues important to older adults? Do you want to use your skills to develop education campaigns that will help older adults and their caregivers learn more about healthy aging? Then, the Alliance has a great job for you.


Congress and the Omnibus Miracle

Author: Susan Peschin, MHS

Date: December 17th, 2015

Congress gave Americans a holiday miracle this week and reached a deal on a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill for FY 2016, increasing funding for NIH, NIA, and FDA.


Meet Our 2016 Award Winners

Author: Breanna Bishop

Date: September 15th, 2016

Next Tuesday, September 20, the Alliance will hold the 2016 Annual Bipartisan Congressional Awards Dinner. Each year, we recognize outstanding individuals for their contributions to advancing the science of human aging, and this year is no exception. Meet this year’s award winners!


A Wonderful Celebration of 30 Years

Author: Breanna Bishop

Date: September 26th, 2016

On Tuesday, September 20, the Alliance held the Annual Bipartisan Congressional Awards Dinner in Washington, D.C., with our peers and supporters to celebrate aging research and recognize outstanding people who help to advance the science of aging. The night was particularly special because it also marked 30 years since the Alliance was founded.


GeroScience Interest Group Kicks off Seminar Series

Author: Breanna Bishop

Date: November 2nd, 2016

The Trans-NIH GeroScience Interest Group (GSIG) will launch its 2016-2017 GSIG seminar series this Thursday at the NIH campus. The first GSIG seminar, titled “From the Human Genome Project to Precision Medicine: A Journey to Advance Human Health,” will be led by Dr. Eric Green, the director of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI).  


GeroScience Interest Group Hosts Winter Seminar

Author: Breanna Bishop

Date: February 14th, 2017

The Trans-NIH GeroScience Interest Group (GSIG) held its winter seminar, titled "Bone Marrow Aging and the PTH Receptor: A Model of Integrative Physiology," on Wednesday, February 1.

 


Meet Expert Dr. Sheldon Rowan

Author: Breanna Bishop

Date: June 15th, 2017

Meet Sheldon Rowan, Ph.D., from the Tufts University Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging. He shares his knowledge about age-related macular degeneration, nutrition, and healthy aging. 


GeroScience Interest Group Hosts Summer Seminar

Author: Breanna Bishop

Date: July 21st, 2017

The Trans-NIH GeroScience Interest Group (GSIG) hosted its summer seminar on Thursday, July 13, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., on the NIH Campus (Building 49, Room 1A51/1A59). The seminar, titled "Hematopoietic Stem Cells Aging - Mechanisms, Consequences and Interventions," featured Dr. Emmanuelle Passegué of the Columbia University Medical Center.


Alliance Seeks Vice President of Public Policy

Author: Breanna Bishop

Date: July 24th, 2017

The Alliance for Aging Research seeks a Vice President of Public Policy. This position works closely with the Alliance's President/CEO, Vice President of Health Programs, Vice President of Development, and Vice President of Communications to deploy a cohesive, proactive, and aggressive advocacy strategy. This position directly reports to the President/CEO and manages one staff position, the Public Policy Associate. 

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